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SC woman charged with neglect in connection with death of 5-month old

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Richland County woman has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a five-month old who had a heart issue.

 Richland County Sheriff's Department says 29-year-old Jennifer Coles was charged with unlawful neglect of a child. A judge granted her a $10,000 cash surety bond Wednesday.

A medical official in Richland Cnotified Social Services was alerted in early March about a baby on a heart monitor who wasn't receiving proper medical care.    Department of Social Services officials opened an investigation but reportedly couldn't locate the family.   Law enforcement and DSS worked together to find the family and located then in another county last Friday. The child died three days earlier.

DSS Director Lilian Koller released a statement:

"The thousands of dedicated employees at the Department of Social Services work hard every day to protect children who are in some of the worst imaginable circumstances, and they succeed in serving and protecting thousands of children. There are a small number of tragic cases in which their best efforts do not succeed, as in this case where we could not locate Baby Webb and his apparently transient family? after repeated attempts. We will always be looking for ways to improve performance in the Department until we reach a day when no children in South Carolina are neglected or abused."


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